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  1. What's common sense about knowing how a...

    What's common sense about knowing how a particular piece of machinery works? It's not like quick release clamps are terribly common in most people's life.
  2. I pickup my bike and drop it a few inches. If...

    I pickup my bike and drop it a few inches. If something is loose, it'll make an unusual rattle. I also look at the quick releases, because I've had someone open them while it was parked before.
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    Teflon is dupont's trademark for PTFE. It...

    Teflon is dupont's trademark for PTFE. It doesn't show up on the MSDS because the MSDS is a 'Materials Safety Data Sheet', not a cookbook. It only lists the stuff that's a potential safety issue. ...
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    There's one at every auto shop in the country, as...

    There's one at every auto shop in the country, as they're useful for all sorts of things on cars, particularly older, rusting cars. People used to come into the shop I used to run with all sorts of...
  5. There are a number of grades of loctite, even in...

    There are a number of grades of loctite, even in the "red" class. 262 will come off with hand tools on automobile sized parts (maybe not with a hex key on a chainring bolt). 271 is stronger, and...
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    You might want improve the quality of your...

    You might want improve the quality of your sources. Mercola is a quack, who makes money by lying to people.
  7. or lots of torque, which can be hard to apply. ...

    or lots of torque, which can be hard to apply. But if the reason boss came out is because the threads on the insert suck, 272 can save the fork, by holding the boss in place.
  8. I use a Popsicle stick or tongue depressor or a...

    I use a Popsicle stick or tongue depressor or a steel spatula (ask your favorite chemist for some). Works great, and if you're careful, there's no mess. I'd also use a bigger syringe, so there's...
  9. A wider tire is typically run at lower pressure....

    A wider tire is typically run at lower pressure. To a reasonable approximation, the tire pressure indicates the force which the tire presses down on the ground.

    Lower pressure means that when...
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    A properly installed patch doesn't leak. If your...

    A properly installed patch doesn't leak. If your edges aren't glued down, you haven't applied the patch properly. you may well be okay, depending on whether you got the patch centerd over the...
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    The tubes are much better than they used to be. ...

    The tubes are much better than they used to be. They used to be metal (lead, at one point, aluminum later), and just crimped shut at the bottom. The crimps could fail, and the tubes would dry out,...
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    There are also a bunch of standard...

    There are also a bunch of standard configurations. WE7246 is, for instance, a 32 hole alfine hub (centerlock disk) laced to Velocity Dyad reflective wheel. Goes for $225 or so. You can't get the...
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    Fewer middlemen, and laws that prohibit the...

    Fewer middlemen, and laws that prohibit the manufacturer from restricting how retailers sell goods.
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    Sure, but there are lots of situations where the...

    Sure, but there are lots of situations where the ice has formed where none of your conditions obtain. I know you've said you don't ride when there's ice, so perhaps people with more experience in...
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    Black ice is nearly invisible. That's the common...

    Black ice is nearly invisible. That's the common thread between all the various definitions of it. It can form at freezing, it can form at oh-heck-its-cold -- any time there's liquid water on a...
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    One of the tubes I had in rotation until pretty...

    One of the tubes I had in rotation until pretty recently was a Michelin tube, marked made in france, and with what I believe was a date code from the Carter administration. It died not of old age,...
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    Chip seal is a surface treatment. It seals the...

    Chip seal is a surface treatment. It seals the surface from water infiltration, and provides a new wearing surface. It doesn't do anything to correct large scale irregularities.

    In a lot of...
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    I discovered at lunch time that my back tire was...

    I discovered at lunch time that my back tire was flat. I know it wasn't flat when I left home., but I'm not sure how much air there was in it when I got to work. It was a slog...
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    20 inches of snow here. Work was "work from home...

    20 inches of snow here. Work was "work from home if you want". I cannot get anything done at home, so I rode in. The two block stretch where I had to ride in a single tire track, and kept sticking...
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    Harris sell a 56% silver filler as well. It's...

    Harris sell a 56% silver filler as well. It's pretty silver colored. It costs more, of course, since it's got more silver in it, but it's also easier to work with. If an ounce is going to last the...
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    Of course, an attitude like that is why people...

    Of course, an attitude like that is why people complain about bike shops. One of manuals for the brake he has covers the procedure required to adjust the pad to disk clearance, which changes the...
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    I use a versa shifter. It works fine with...

    I use a versa shifter. It works fine with g.loves and lobster mitts. one lever is quite big, the other is easy to work. Might be a bit harder with the 11 speed, which uses the big lever for down...
  23. They look silly. They still work fine. I run 50...

    They look silly. They still work fine. I run 50 mm tires in the good weather, and narrower studs in the winter. The same fenders work just fine. If you care about looks, you can put different...
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    Broken teeth.

    Broken teeth.
  25. Aveneir is a brand of the Accell group. So is...

    Aveneir is a brand of the Accell group. So is SBS. So is Raleigh USA. (And so are diamondback, torker, redline, and probably others that I don't recall.) I'm sure they'll sell them to anyone who...
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